Candidates will require senior management experience across a range of legal services, with strong experience in the area of commercial contracts (including alternative service delivery vehicles (e.g. ANSA etc.)) and property; candidates will ideally have Deputy Monitoring Officer experience within a Local Authority.
Working closely with the Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer to lead and coordinate Legal Services jointly with the other Legal Team Managers and to support the Head of Legal Services in the strategic management of the service, including providing cover in his/her absence, to ensure that the Council meets its statutory and legal obligations, that Members and services receive appropriate advice and guidance and that the Council’s interests and key strategic aims are secured.
1. Lead and manage the operational activities of the Council’s Legal Services Division in accordance with agreed standards and within allocated resources, to ensure the legal obligations and interests of the Council are protected, and the political and management interface operates effectively.
2. Undertake more complex and/or sensitive casework, including advising on a wide range of policy and strategy, major projects and developments.
3. Drive an innovative approach to Legal Services, building a more commercial approach and supporting the ambitious commercialisation plans of the Council’s Alternative Service Delivery Vehicles.
4. Lead the legal advice and requirements for major transformation programmes of the Council contributing to the decision making processes (including Executive Monitoring Board) to protect the Council’s interests.
5. Promote and embed a professional, enabling culture within the legal service function.
6. Act on behalf of the Head of Legal Services and exercise delegated authority in his/her absence in relation to his/her Proper Officer functions and delegated powers under the Constitution, and represent him/her as required at Cabinet, Committees, Boards, Panels, officer groups and outside bodies.
7. Research, develop, implement and review the Council’s legal policies, procedures and operational plans ensuring that services are provided in accordance with Council objectives, priorities and statutory responsibilities; are fit for purpose and good value for money.
Advise on the implications of new legislation and emerging case law and the impact on service provision and Council policies.
9. Ensure that Elected Members receive appropriate advice and support in relation to legal, ethical and Governance issues.
10. Represent the Council at Regional, National and European levels in dealing with government bodies, local authorities and any other appropriate bodies in order to promote and protect the interests and priorities of the Council.
11. Supervise, manage, motivate and develop a team of lawyers and support staff to ensure that appropriate legal advice and assistance is given, the highest professional standards are maintained and that the Council meets its legal responsibilities.
12. Manage team budgets to ensure targets for savings and income generation are met and that resources are well monitored, controlled and deployed to the best possible effect to provide value for money
-Admitted solicitor or barrister
-Significant post qualification experience in an equivalent role, including supervision of professional staff
-Experience of political awareness and successful management of issues to do with the political process
-Attending Committee meetings
-In depth knowledge of one of the following: Commercial Law, Contract Law or Property Law and either knowledge of or a willingness to be involved in Procurement Law
-A thorough grasp of current local government legislation and government guidance
-Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of Members in Local Authority settings
-Understanding of data protection, freedom of information and confidentiality requirements
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.